|Review: Pheretrum - Still Being Maggots|
|Still Being Maggots|
Year released: 2015
Review online: June 13, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Still Being Maggots
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (8 Votes)
I rarely get to review anything from more obscure countries – this time, from Uruguay. The entire South American area is known for its countless Metal acts, and especially for more extreme-sounding acts, such as Pheretrum, this four-piece Death/Thrash Metal act from Montevideo.
Still Being Maggots is the title of Pheretrum's 11-song debut album, released independently in November 2015. Music-wise, they lean toward the late eighties and early nineties Thrash/Death Metal when such names as Mortem, Necrovore, Sadistic Intent, Incubus (FL) and such were all raising their ugly heads with their first demo/rehearsal releases. Pheretrum falls nicely into that same mold, sounding somewhat primitive, extreme and brutal.
Old school, underground-ish and Thrash-tinged proto-Death Metal is what Still Being Maggots is all about, no more, no less. This debut album is really like a throwback to the good old days and what is missed in today's extreme underground Metal scene, at least by some of us. So in other words, it's really refreshing to hear some people still churning this type of old-school Death/Thrash shit, and even doing it convincingly enough without any unnecessary gimmickry. Pheretrum is such an act, keeping it straightforward and primitive, yet still sounding like a band worth your time. During the tape-trading times, a lot of similar sounding and same quality type of stuff was produced and whether it was something that also appealed to you or did not quite do so, well, at the end of the day it's going to be you who will make the final decision about their level of musical effectiveness.
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